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At Theaters: 11/5/1999 On Video: 4/11/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119909
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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In the $246 billion tobacco settlement, the most expensive case brought against an industry in U.S. history, Jeffrey Wigand was a central witness. Wigand, former head of research and development and a corporate officer at Brown & Williamson, was top scientist, the ultimate insider. No one like him had ever gone public before.

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Drama - A stirring and surprisingly suspenseful tale that works both as a character piece and a non-traditional thriller.
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Al Pacino (The Devil's Advocate)
Russell Crowe (Mystery, Alaska)
Christopher Plummer (Twelve Monkeys)
Diane Venora (The 13th Warrior)
Dir/Prod: Michael Mann (Heat)
Producer: Pieter Jan Brugge (Bulworth)
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PROFANITY: Occasional and occasionally extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent drinking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Occasional quips and one-liners.
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Very Good
When Michael Mann's Heat is on-target, which is most of the time, it is a riveting movie. Mann generates tension without resorting to the boring stand-bys of shootouts and chase scenes. The actors play their roles as if there's something tangible on the line, and those performances heighten the level of suspense. To be sure, the film tackles some big issues, but Mann never permits any of these "shock" revelations (which really aren't all that shocking) to eclipse the fact that the characters, not the concepts, hold our interest; everything else is of secondary importance. The result is a compelling and engaging motion picture that weds the tautness of a thriller with the depth and impact of a drama.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 123 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
9
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Fairly High
87%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
High
87%
30+Adults (M)
34
High
88%
30+Adults (F)
50
High
84%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Jeffrey Wigand (RUSSELL CROWE) was a central witness in the lawsuits filed by Mississippi and 49 other states against the tobacco industry which were eventually settled for $246 billion. Wigand, former head of research and development and a corporate officer at Brown & Williamson, was a top scientist, the ultimate insider. No one like him had ever gone public before.

Meanwhile, Lowell Bergman (AL PACINO), investigative reporter and "60 Minutes" producer, mostly for Mike Wallace (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER) segments, taped the famous Wigand interview with its devastating statements, and arranged a legal defense team for Wigand. However, before the most newsworthy "60 Minutes" segment in years could air, Bergman would lose to a CBS corporate decision to kill it and would experience the fracturing of loyalties and bitter divisions within "60 Minutes."

Wigand would find himself sued, targeted in a national smear campaign, divorced and facing possible incarceration. Wigand, having wagered so much and now unable to deliver his testimony to the American people, and Bergman trying to defeat the smear campaign and fighting to force CBS to air the interview, are two ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. They find themselves in a fight from which no one will emerge as he entered and nothing will be the same again.

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